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Serena Williams Announces Plan To ‘Retire From Tennis’

Serena Williams is hanging up her racket, announcing her retirement and saying she’s “evolving away from tennis.” The 23-time Grand Slam champion took to the pages of Vogue on Tuesday to tell fans she was stepping away from the sport in order to focus on growing her family. “Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair,” Williams, 40, said. “If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family,” added Williams, mom to a 4-year-old daughter, Olympia, with husband Alexis Ohanian. “Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity,” she said.

“Don’t get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia,” she told Vogue. “And I almost did do the impossible: A lot of people don’t realize that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017. But I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give.” Noting she’s never been a fan of the word “retirement,” Williams said she’s approaching exiting life as a professional tennis player as “a transition.”

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